Bedknobs and BroomsticksDirector: Robert Stevenson
Bedknobs and Broomsticks was produced several years after Walt Disney's death and released in the fall of 1971. As it turned out, Bedknobs was frequently compared to Mary Poppins -- probably thanks to several striking similarities between the two productions, notably the presence in the cast of David Tomlinson, the use of Cockney children as/i>/i>/i>… See more details below
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Bedknobs and Broomsticks was produced several years after Walt Disney's death and released in the fall of 1971. As it turned out, Bedknobs was frequently compared to Mary Poppins -- probably thanks to several striking similarities between the two productions, notably the presence in the cast of David Tomlinson, the use of Cockney children as central characters, and the inclusion of sequences that combine animation and live-action. Set in wartime England, Bedknobs stars Angela Lansbury as Eglantine Price, a would-be witch who hopes to use her newly acquired conjuring powers to forestall a Nazi invasion. Saddled with three surly kids who've been evacuated from London, Lansbury wins over her charges by performing various and sundry feats of magic. And, yes, she manages to foil a few Germans along the way. The film's most famous episode is an elaborate undersea fantasy, which combines animation with live-action on a gargantuan scale, dwarfing all previous Disney sequences along these lines.
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Cast & Crew
|Angela Lansbury||Eglantine Price|
|David Tomlinson||Emelius Browne|
|Roddy McDowall||Mr. Jelk|
|John Ericson||Col. Heller|
|Reginald Owen||Gen. Teagler|
|Cyril Delevanti||German Sergeant|
|Tessie O'Shea||Mrs. Hobday|
|Arthur E. Gould-Porter||Capt. Greer|
|Ben Wrigley||Street Sweeper|
|Rick Traeger||German Sergeant|
|Manfred Lating||German Sergeant|
|Lennie Weinrib||Secretary Bird/Lion|
|Richard Peel||Vendor (uncredited)|
|Robert O. Cook||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Peter Ellenshaw||Art Director|
|Chris Hibler||Asst. Director|
|Irwin Kostal||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Danny Lee||Special Effects|
|Eustace Lycett||Special Effects|
|Alan Maley||Special Effects|
|John Mansbridge||Art Director|
|Robert J. Schiffer||Makeup|
|Richard M. Sherman||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Robert B. Sherman||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Bill Thomas||Costumes/Costume Designer|
1. Opening Credits/"The Old Home Guard"
2. Meeting the Children
3. Apprentice Witch
4. Casting Spells
5. Magic/"The Age of Not Believing"
6. Professor Emelius Browne
7. The Book/"Eglantine"
8. "Portobello Road"
9. The Bookman
10. Isle of Naboombu/"The Beautiful Briny"
11. No People Allowed
12. Royal Soccer Match
13. "Substitutiary Locomotion"
14. Turn of Events
16. To the Rescue
17. Sound the Advance
18. The End
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English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Français 5.1 Dolby Digital
Español 5.1 Dolby Digital
English for the Hearing Impaired
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My family LOVES 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks' My sister had a bed with brass knobs that turned and we would pretend to be the three kids in the movie. This was the first video I ever bought for my son who loved the soccer game and the 'Portobello Road' scene. I am now ordering the DVD for my grandaughter so we will have a third generation who feels that this is our all time favorite Disney live action/animation film!
I was a child when this film came out, and thought it just ok. About 20 years later, not remembering much about the film, I read Mary Norton's book; it was terrific writing, excellent storytelling, and had a wonderfully bittersweet ending. I then saw this film again just a few months ago -- oy, it's just awful. All of the really creative parts of Norton's book were tossed out in favor of new plot twists. This film seems a dismal attempt to copy 'Mary Poppins' -- really now, if Disney wanted to copy from themselves, one would think they'd at least do so with some panache. The undersea and island sequences, combining animation with live action, are horribly mediocre rip-offs of the similar sections of 'Mary Poppins'. Angela Lansbury, talented though she is, seems not to really know what the tone of the film is [the director must not have been very communicative]. And even though the songs are some of the worst things the Sherman brothers ever wrote, it doesn't help that Disney skimped on the budget -- the 'Portobello Road' production number, obviously trying desperately to be like 'Who Will Buy' in 'Oliver', looks like a sorely underfunded dinner theatre production [and this writer has done plenty of wretched dinner theatre productions]. Avoid this film; read the Mary Norton book instead [really touching ending].
I saw this movie for the first time when I was a child. I loved the supernatural side to it and my favorite part was the idea of a magical bed that could ake you wherever you wanted. So many childrens movies today are either very fluffy or too jargonly-supernatural. This movie is just right...still appropriate for children, but enough imagination and beliefs outside the norm to to peak a child's interest. Great rainy afternoon treat--even for adults!!!
I actually don't think this is so bad...While a lot of the negative points brought up in other reviews are true...the songs are indeed forgettable, and the story never really takes off...there is much to be enjoyed. Angela's take on her character is that she is a woman who does not want or particularly like children, and in that she succeeds. No, it isn't a full course meal, but it is a nice snack. The new dvd restoration puts back half an hour of song, dance and scenes.
One of the great Disney Classics. Every child should watch it at least once :o) Great fun for the whole family!
This is a great movie and one of my favorites from childhood. A good gift for today's kids-- something different, but still fresh and enjoyable! Great characters and storyline keep kids interested-- good old magical fun for all!